#Retweet this Top Ten: For the love of Twitter


Twitter Knowledge from RCC

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Though often useful, Twitter can be a strange place. For instance, I just discovered I’ve been blocked by a user who retweeted me. That was odd because I’ve never had a nasty exchange with them. What did I do? That bothered me for a few seconds.

No, that’s a lie.

It bothered me for about a minute. I hate a mystery, so I googled the user who blocked me and checked out their website. Into the second minute of cyber stalking I realized I was acting like a guy who should be blocked. I let it go and I’ll never know what terrible thing I did. (Cries into pillow, wipes tears, big breath…)

Besides, I was breaking my prime directive about Twitter. Twitter is for in-between times. It’s not a primary activity. Writing books is what I do. Everything else — bathing, childcare, self-respect — is secondary.

Tweet when you can’t…

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Spotlight On Jay Wilburn #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Jay Wilburn

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I’ve made the mistake of writing in a wide range of genre instead of establishing an identity. As a result, I’ve made contact with a number of people that are smarter and more successful than me with genre circles, publishing, and such. I’m also not entirely sure that this is not some elaborate intervention that is being staged to talk me out of being a full-time writer and focusing on a respectable day job that adults are supposed to have. I guess I have a thing or two to offer as a guest, but I sure have a lot to learn. Imaginarium seems to be shaping up to be uniquely set for providing great content regarding creative writing, the process, and the life.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is Zombies Believe In You with Hazardous Press.

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Quick description of it.

Zombies Believe In You is a collection of zombie novellas and longer “short” stories. Some of them explore fantasy worlds and distant time periods like zombies.

 

Something unique about it.

I think adding zombie grit to high fantasy is something a little different. One story focuses on economics through the apocalypse. Another novella and short story combination tell the same events from two perspectives creating entirely different meaning from the same timeline. There is a story set so far into the future that the origin of the zombies has become legend on a Biblical/religious scale. There are elements of classic romance in one story. It is either brilliant or a mess as all zombie fiction should be.

 

Links for people to buy it.

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http://www.amazon.com/Zombies-Believe-You-Jay-Wilburn-ebook/dp/B00LM9CIVM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406654695&sr=8-1&keywords=zombies+believe+in+you

 

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http://www.amazon.com/Zombies-Believe-In-You-Collection/dp/061595460X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406654695&sr=8-2&keywords=zombies+believe+in+you

 

 

Your promo links.

http://jaywilburn.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Jay-Wilburn/e/B00BGVWV2M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1406654873&sr=8-1

 

Your short Bio.

Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in the coastal swamps of South Carolina. He left teaching after sixteen years to care for the health needs of his younger son and to pursue a dream of full-time writing. Both his family and his writing are going well. He has work in Best Horror of the Year volume 5, Zombies: More Recent Dead with Prime Books, and in Fat Zombie with Permuted Press. His novels include Loose Ends and Time Eaters. In addition to Zombies Believe in You, Jay has a shared anthology with T Fox Dunham with original artwork by Amy Rims called Dragonfly and the Siren. That trio is teaming up again for another work coming soon. Follow Jay’s many dark thoughts at JayWilburn.com and @AmongTheZombies on Twitter.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Guest Post: Crymsyn Hart


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A Grim Reaper’s Rant

“Hello, My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.”

Oh hello. I’m Kerstin Palmer. (Don’t worry. I swear those of you reading this are not going to die. Yet. I am a grim reaper after all so collecting souls is my job.)

Sorry, I got swept up in the drama of The Princess Bride. It’s one of my favorite movies. I know. It’s a guilty pleasure, but even a grim reaper has to have them. Besides reading, I do get some time to watch a movie now and them. I mean I haven’t been dead that long that I don’t enjoy a good flick. Believe me, it wasn’t my idea of dying and then being resurrected, again, as a grim reaper. I was happy being a psychic and doing readings out of my house and the occasional house clearance. When I was human, I had come across a few dark spirits and there were a couple of incidents with a demon. But we’re not going to talk about that. I dealt with enough with demons in my past, and well now, even they fear death.

So yes, I hijacked the computer away from Crymsyn. She’s a little bogged down at the moment editing something to do with space yetis from what I can understand. I can’t say that I’ve come across such creatures before, but there are many dimensions, universes, and worlds that I have not gotten a chance to visit yet. It’s nice to see the world this way and other versions of it as well. Most people thing reapers are evil, but we aren’t. We only facilitate the natural order of things. We are not minions of the devil people. So we dress in black and look like skeletons, but that is only to some people. Underneath the black robe, we are people too, or were. We carry scythes because on occasion there are beings and entities we come across that challenge us and we do have to protect ourselves. But we’re not slashing souls or people into shreds. We don’t like to bring violence. At heart we are neutral, neither good nor evil. We walk souls to their destination and once they pass through into their destination, then they go to wherever it is they are supposed to go. I don’t make the decision if they go to heaven or hell.

Sometimes, the archetypes that society has lumped us into they really get to me. You don’t know how hard it is sometimes to break out of the stereotype and show people that we are really angels underneath all the robes. Some of my comrades were created just for the purpose of collecting souls. And others, are people who were elevated into the position because there is always going to be death.

Me, well I’m a little unique. If you’ve read my story in Death’s Dance then you’ll know all about that. So I won’t bore you about that.  Time to get off my soapbox and back to my movie. I only have a little bit more time before my list fills up again and then I’m collecting souls. But, I’m not coming after you.

At least not yet.

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Death’s Dance Blurb:

Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.

Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.

From there things went from bad to worse.

 

Death’s Dance Buy Links:

Amazon            Barnes & Noble           Kobo

 

Bio:

Crymsyn is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

 

To find out more about Crymsyn:

 

Website: http://www.ravynhart.com

Twitter: @crymsynhart

Blog: http://www.crymsynhart.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crymsynhart

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crymsyn-Hart/e/B002BMJ1Z0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1405515745&sr=8-1

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Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Dance-Deathly-Encounters-Book-ebook/dp/B00L8JOJAY

Print Version: http://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Dance-Crymsyn-Hart/dp/1941706134

Spotlight On Lee Martindale #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Lee Martindale

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

            I was a writer guest on Steve Zimmer’s Literary Track at FandomFest for three years, and consider him one of the best track-runners in the business. When Imaginarium began as a gleam in his eye, I couldn’t NOT be involved. Hence my serving as the inauguural Imaginarium’s ToastMistress.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

            Bard’s Road: The Collected Fiction of Lee Martindale. Primarily fantasy.

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Quick description of it.

            Twenty-nine stories from nearly twenty-five years of slinging short genre fiction for a living. Includes hard-to-find reprints and four never-before-published works.

 

Something unique about it.

            Includes all stories-to-date from my Copperwood Bard and Trade Town universe. And one story has made grown SCA-fighter types cry.

 

Links for people to buy it.

            http://www.HarpHaven.net/BARDSROADPAGE.htm

            http://www.amazon.com

            Ebooks for Kindle & Nook should be available soon.

 

Your promo links.

            http://www.HarpHaven.net

            http://lee-martindale.livejournal.com

 

Your short Bio.

            Writer, editor, publisher, and Imaginarium’s first ToastMistress Lee Martindale made her first fiction sale at the age of 42 and hasn’t stopped since. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including those edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Roby James, Janet Dever-Pack & Martin Greenberg, and Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.  She’s also edited two anthologies of original genre fiction, Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power and Abundance, and The Ladies of Trade Town.

            When not slinging fiction, Lee is a Named Bard, a veteran human rights activist, a Lifetime Active Member of SFWA (where she’s serving her second term on the Board of Directors), a fencing member of the SFWA Musketeers, a member of the SCA, and a popular guest at science fiction conventions all over the country

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Leslea Tash #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Leslea Tash / Red Tash

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I guess I’m a joiner, because I saw a bunch of friends were going and I applied.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

The Rancher Takes a Wife, Montana Brides #1. Historical Western Romance.

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Quick description of it.

This is a sweet story you don’t have to be embarrassed to read in front of your grandmother. I’ve written a lot of horror, fantasy, and R-rated books, and I wanted to try my hand at something more PG-rated.

 

Something unique about it.

The Rancher Takes a Wife is a historical Western set in the aftermath of the Stock Market crash, aka Black Friday. Rather than recycle the tired old Mail Order Bride trope, I twisted the genre to tell the tale of a young woman who effectively goes back in time by traveling from New York City to barely-tamed rural Montana, a place where almost no one has a telephone, folks keep chickens in their yards, and the one room schoolhouse is cutting edge for hosting Native American as well as Caucasian students. A lot of research went into this book, but so far readers mostly love Carl, the eponymous rancher, and Chastity, the schoolmarm who becomes the unwitting target of Carl’s devious little sister. Best I can tell, though, it is fairly unique for the historical western romance genre in many ways.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Right now it’s exclusive to Amazon, but it will be available on Nook, iTunes, and Kobo in a few weeks: http:// ow.ly/wpnwX

 

Your promo links.

http://LesleaTash.com

http://facebook.com/LesleaTash

http://twitter.com/LesleaTash

http://RedTash.com

http://facebook.com/RedTashBooks

http://twitter.com/RedTashBooks

 

Your short Bio.

Leslea Tash is a professional writer published in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and websites for over a decade. In 2014 she launched two romance series: one contemporary, and one historical.

To read her acclaimed dark fantasy, horror, and comic books, look for “Red Tash” on the ebook retailer of your choice.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Tammy Jo Eckhart #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: TammyJo Eckhart

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

            I met Stephen through several science fiction conventions.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

            Book three of the “Beyond the Soften of His Fur” trilogy.

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            Genre is a very interesting question because I “don’t do genre well” meaning that I’m more of a cross-genre sort of author.  It can be found under “erotica,” “romance,” “furry,” and “science fiction”.

 

Quick description of it.

            BSHF is a science fiction tale of scientific potential, economic enslavement, and how water impacts global stability, but primarily it is about how love and fear drive one family to fight for their freedom.

 

Something unique about it.

            I think the coupling of erotic scenes with honest assessments of power throughout society with a focus on the personal changes of the character is not what most people expect if they think “romance” or “erotica” or “furry.”  I don’t like to do what is expected, my goal is to tell the story regardless of what that takes.

 

Links for people to buy it.

            Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Softness-His-Fur-Vol-ebook/dp/B00LMBW73O/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406654411&sr=1-3&keywords=Beyond+the+Softness+of+His+Fur

 

            Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/455886

            All Romance Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-beyondthesoftnessofhisfurvolume3-1563305-354.html

 

Your promo links.

            You can find the start of the first chapter at the publisher here: http://www.circlet.com/?p=5480

            You can also find the first chapter of book 2 here: http://www.circlet.com/?p=4100

 

Your short Bio.

            Several small presses have published TammyJo Eckhart’s fiction and non-fiction since 1996.  A skilled storyteller, TammyJo enjoys reading her fiction to live audience so she is happy to travel in her region to perform readings, sell/sign books, and lead workshops and discussions on various subjects. TammyJo earned her PhD in ancient history with minors in women’s history and folklore in November 2007 from Indiana University, and uses both her scholarly knowledge and twelve years teaching experience in her work.  She is the proud and very busy founder of The Chocolate Cult as well as an active book reviewer and RPGer.  She lives in Indiana with her husband and secondary partner who inspired the BSHF Trilogy.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Pre-Order Fading Hope at Sale Price!


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Fading Hope: Humanity Unbound

It’s the end of the world and we are not feeling fine.

What happens when you ask seven of the most notorious writers in apocalyptic fiction to craft stories where a happily ever after doesn’t exist?

You get Fading Hope.

Bleak landscapes, fading faith, the loss of humanity and the struggle to simply make it to the end of the day, are just some of the elements that come together within this boundary-pushing anthology.

Dive into a world of hopelessness as rendered by award-winning authors like: Rebecca Besser, Eli Constant, Morgan Garcia, Thea Gregory, Claire C. Riley, Armand Rosamila, and Jack Wallen

The sale price will only last for 48 hours after the book’s release,

so why not order your copy now to ensure you take advantage of the sale price?

Pre-order your ecopy of Fading Hope: Humanity Unbound now!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MS2FWEM

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